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e2e Challenge - cycle Nepal 2017

Leadership Challenges is a Wiltshire-based social enterprise that uses adventure to inspire leadership.  We are delighted that they have launched e2e Challenge, its third and most difficult fundraising challenge yet: 20 cyclists will tackle 400 kilometres of tough off-road terrain between the epicentres of the two earthquakes during October 2017.  The route will pass through the central hills of Nepal, traversing some of the areas worst hit by the 2015 earthquakes.  As well as facing a tough physical challenge, the cyclists will be directly exposed to the aftermath of the earthquakes and the appalling conditions in which many villagers are still living.

Why e2e Challenge?

There are so many humanitarian challenges around the world, with floods and quakes regularly reported on the world news. For the villagers of Nepal who suffered the catastrophe of the earthquakes last year, it feels like the world has forgotten their plight.

Little aid is getting in to Nepal and little has been done by the Nepalese Government or other world bodies to help the villagers to rebuild their homes and infrastructure over the last 18 months.  Many people are still living under corrugated iron shelters, without proper water supplies, and without a school for their children.

By October the monsoon will have ended, dust settled, roads dried.  This is when e2e challenge will take place, raising awareness of their plight and aspiring to raise enough money to build 5 new schools to replace buildings decimated last year.  These new schools can change the lives of hundreds of children who live within the local catchment areas, and whose life chances are being compromised as they continue to have no access to schooling and education.

The route will take the e2e Challenge team through some of the villages where the new schools will be built, and will also pass close to two of the schools which YYY Foundation has already helped to rebuild.

For 20 cyclists, e2e Challenge will be a huge personal challenge; for all of us, it is a chance to show the Nepalese people that we have not forgotten them, and to help to change the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children for the better.

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